Princess Margaret wore on the largest and most ostentatious royal wedding tiara of British history on the day. However, she bought it herself.
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Margaret bought the Poltimore tiara, which perfectly complemented her trademark beehive hairdo, in 1959.
However, it was made from Florence Bampfylde, Lady Poltimore, by Garrad in 1870.
She bought it for £5,500 in 1958, which is the equivalent of £106,765 in 2019.
Margaret famously wore it in the bathtub for an intimate photograph taken by her husband.
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It is not known why Margaret bought her own tiara for her wedding.
It is likely she would have had access to the royal collection.
Most royal brides have worn a tiara from the royal collection, including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
Margaret was known to be a royal rebel, perhaps she wanted something more extravagant, and something that she could own herself.
The tiara was sold by Margaret’s children for over a million pounds to settle a large tax bill.
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Did Peter Townsend marry Princess Margaret?
Despite their love affair, which was dramatised in The Crown, Peter and Margaret never married.
Sadly their romance came with too many difficulties to over come.
These problematic circumstances included Peter’s previous marriage to Rosemary Pawle, ending in divorce.
Despite the public’s support for the pair, Margaret finally issued a statement that she no longer wished to marry Peter.
Peter did not end his life alone, however, and in 1959 – when he was 44 – he married a 20-year-old Belgian woman.
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Who did Princess Margaret end up marrying?
Princess Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones.
They married on 6 May 1960 and a year later Antony was made Earl of Snowdon.
They had two children, David, Viscount Linley, born on 3 November 1961, and Lady Sarah, born on 1 May 1964.
When did Princess Margaret die and how old was she?
Princess Margaret died on 9 February 2002 at the age of 71.
She was given a state funeral at Westminster Abbey on 19 April 2002.
The princess had been very ill before her death. She had various operations to remove cancerous tumours, including having a lung removed.
Her heavy smoking habit is largely blamed for this illness. However, despite being ill, suffering multiple strokes, she lived to a good age.
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